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Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2022
Cary Area Public Library
In Main Library
Closed Sunday and Monday for Memorial Day Holiday
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Nature Preserve Expedition

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Cary Area Public Library
All Ages. McHenry County is home to over 25,000 acres of protected natural land. This summer, visit 4 local nature preserves for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the local business of your choice Learn about native ecosystems and wildlife along the way. Pick up your Expedition Kit at the service center, beginning June 1.
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Dungeons & Dragons [via Zoom]

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Flex Zone
Grades 6-12. New and returning players welcome. Come join in on this popular fantasy role-playing game. Cooperative play emphasized, so come and help your group succeed! For information on rules and game play visit http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules

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Build-A-Robot

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
Ages 9-adult. Learn or improve your programming skills with the LEGO Mindstorms modules and apply them to various challenges. You must have attended the Basics Robotics class. A Build-A-Robot session does not qualify. Register for each class. Limited to 8 pairs (16 total participants). As participants will work in pairs, please sign up with two people from the same household (e.g. an adult and child, or two children that live together). Singles will have to work alone.

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Family Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
For children birth to age 6 with an adult.
Stimulate your child’s senses through books, rhymes, music and movement.

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Women In Business

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Teen Gaming

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room

Play video games and board games with other teens! The library has a selection of Nintendo Switch, Wii U and Xbox One games that will be projected on the big screen.

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Hooked on Books

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
If you’re interested in joining our monthly discussion, please email our Adult Services Librarian, Joel Sawyer:  jsawyer@caryarealibrary.info. Books are available each month at the Service Center.

This month: The Long Flight Home, by Alan Hlad
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A Walk in London: Westminster (Part 2)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
Central London is actually two cities: Westminster and the City of London. Westminster is the power, politics and royalty whereas The City of London is the money. John Gowing is back to ‘walk’ us from the comfort of a chair through Westminster. You will see Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, and other famous landmarks, learning stories about each as you go.

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Illinois Libraries Present: Jessamine Chan & Emily Maloney

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Zoom
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Join Jessamine Chan and Emily Maloney for a discussion about the systems of power that impact our lives, our families, and our finances, through the lens of their acclaimed books, The School for Good Mothers and Cost of Living.

Jessamine Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good Mothers, her debut novel. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives in Chicago with her family.

Emily Maloney is the author of Cost of Living, a collection of essays. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best American Essays, among others. She holds an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh and lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her partner and their dog.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

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RootsMagic User Group

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Conference Room
RootsMagic User Group, for users of the popular RootsMagic genealogy software, join us as we discuss the intricacies of using the program to organize and keep track of your genealogical research. This meeting is appropriate for all levels of experience. Limited to 6 attendees.

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Turning Pages Together

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room

If you’re interested in joining our monthly discussion, please email our Adult Services Librarian, Joel Sawyer: jsawyer@caryarealibrary.info. Books are available each month at the Service Center.



This month: 
The Last Garden in England, by Julia Kelly
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30 Things to Do in Chicago under $30

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
From big museums to little-known attractions, learn how to take advantage of everything our beautiful city has to offer—without breaking the bank. Discover free activities and great deals to make the most of your weekend or staycation, ranging from history to culture to green spaces and quirky sites off the beaten path.

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Great Decisions Discussion Group

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room South
This month: Chapter 4: Myanmar and ASEAN
Exchange ideas in an online discussion about the foreign policy issues facing America today in this monthly discussion led by Professor Gary Midkiff. Participants must purchase a briefing book and read a chapter prior to each meeting. This is an eight month series that will begin in February. One nice aspect of this program is that each chapter stands by itself so you can join the group at any time. Briefing Book $15.00. No refunds.

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Library Closed for Staff Training

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Creative Rock Painting @home kit: Open to any imaginative person!

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Originally scheduled for 10am pickup but we are closed for staff training that morning, so pickup begins at 1pm instead.
Design and paint your rock to place in your home or garden or decorate it with words of inspiration to leave off the beaten path for others to find!

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First Fridays Club

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
This is a daytime club ideal for kids in grades 1-5 and perfect for homeschoolers and homeschooling families. Each month we’ll do a different activity - from arts and crafts, to STEM, as well as learn about the library! Kids ages 9+ can be dropped off and kids ages 8 and under should be accompanied by an adult.
June: Scrolling Sunset Art
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McHenry County (IL) Genealogical Society

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
Spaces Reservation
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Lego Club

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
Create and build your own LEGO design, and we will put your creation on display in the library.
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Garden Storytime at Hoffman Park

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Cary Area Public Library
We’re going beyond the beaten path to kick off Summer Reading. Join us at the Community Gardens in Hoffman Park for a garden story, followed by a gardening activity. No registration is required for the special Storytime and is open to all. The activity is limited to 15 families on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


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First Monday Fun Day: Kids Game Night

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Flex Zone
Make friends and discover new screen-free games on the first Monday of the month. Join us for an evening of fun and learning.

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Preschool STEAM: Plants up Close

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Cary Area Public Library
Flex Zone
We will read a book and sing a song about plants. Then children will dissect a flower, identify its parts, and view them under a microscope. They will also complete a leaf rubbing. Please wear play clothes to avoid pollen stains on nice outfits.

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Wired for Science: Solar-powered Oven for S'mores!

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Flex Zone
Make your own solar oven that gets hot enough to cook S’mores! And  create your own unique version of the traditional S’more using fun ingredients!

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The Life of Lucille Ball

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Cary Area Public Library
Meeting Room
Historical Presenter, Jim Gibbons, will discuss the life, fame and accomplishments of America’s comedian, Lucille Desiree Ball, from her marriage and family life with Desi Arnaz (Ricky), and how she became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions. He will describe the numerous awards received by Ball, including the prestigious Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, her induction into the Television Hall of Fame and the two stars she received on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Art & Craft: Things With Wings - Transparent and Opaque Art with Beetles!

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cary Area Public Library
Flex Zone
Ages 2-6 with grown up. Young artists can get imaginative with opaque and transparent materials, creating a new species of beetle unique to them!

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